Only One Woof by James Herriot
This book has lovely Illustrations of the countryside throughout with plenty of pictures of farm animals to point out to children as you read. The story is about two sheep dog puppies Gyp and Sweep, their life on the farm and the work needed to make them into good working dogs able to compete in The Sheepdog Trials. Gyp however, has never barked and although a great farm dog, is never quite clever enough to compete in the trials. Sweep is sold to the farmers friend George Crossley whose old dog had died, to be trained for competition, so the two brothers are separated.
The Illustrations bring continuity to the story as we see Gyp is happy on the farm working alongside Mr Wilkin the farmer. Gyp has still not made a sound and continues to be silent as the months pass, until he sees his brother at a sheepdog trial. After watching Sweep work to bring the sheep under control through various gates and finally into the pen and win the competition, Gyp makes his first sound, a single loud bark…”Woof!”
The Illustrations are by Peter Barrett and show many country scenes with various animals, scenery and farm workers going about their daily lives. The pictures are great for younger children too who will enjoy recognising animals, tractors, and birds on every page.